If you make coffee each day chances are you are also disposing of coffee grounds each day. This seemingly useless "waste" lends itself to being repurposed in a multitude of different ways.
At Bare Roots Coffee Roasting Co we bag all of our used grounds separately so our guests can stop by the shop to pick some up with their daily dose of caffeine.
Let's explore some of our favorite uses for used coffee grounds so you can begin experimenting with them today.
Uses for Coffee Grounds
Gardening & House Plants-coffee grounds contain vital nutrients that soil is regularly depleted of. Adding grounds to your soil mixture can provide an optimal growth environment as well as deter certain pests. It is important to remember that when using coffee grounds as fertilizer in your houseplants you check first and see if the particular plant enjoys acidic soil. For example, Monsteras, Spider Plants, Snake Plants, and ZZs all enjoy a dash of coffee, while Fiddle Figs can be harmed from grounds being added to their soil. It is also suggested that coffee could aid in removing heavy metals from soil.
Pest Control- coffee grounds are a great deterrent for mosquitos, beetles, and fruit flies! In your outdoor spaces, you can mix it with your soil as stated above or leave little bowls out on your deck / outdoor sitting area.
Air Purification- coffee grounds contain Nitrogen that once combined with Carbon in the air can eliminate unpleasant odors in the air. Placing a small bowl on your bathroom or kitchen countertop, fridge or freezer can keep the air smelling clean.
Natural Cleaning Product- coffee grounds easily remove build-up with their abrasive texture and are a go-to when having to clean more difficult situations. They may also help to sanitize due to their antibacterial properties.
Skin Care- a refreshing deep clean is what you will find when using your coffee grounds as an exfoliant and scrub. The grounds penetrate your skin to remove deep dirt and dead skin cells, as well as provide a dose of antioxidants. Mix with your choice of carrier oil and enjoy!
Under Eye Circles- mix with coconut oil or your favorite carrier oil to turn your coffee grounds into a paste, apply and leave on for 10-15 minutes before washing away. The coffee grounds will stimulate blood flow and the caffeine provides antioxidants that fight free radicals.
Daily Coffee, Multiple Uses
Coffee is said to have a wide variety of health benefits and as you can see has a wide variety of uses after being brewed as well. Next time you're thinking of tossing your grinds take a moment and place them in a bowl, maybe you'll find some use for them. If you are ever in need of extras stop by our roasting house in South Lake Tahoe, CA, and pick up a bunch for your garden.